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A collective of Ivorian musicians have released a video for their song,“Meme Pas Peur” (Not a Bit Afraid), filmed on Grand Bassam beach in Côte d’Ivoire, where AQIM terrorists claimed responsibility for killing 19 people last week. The song’s producer said the group wanted to make a song to share with the world a message that, “yes it’s true Ivory Coast has been hit but we have not fallen down” (BBC).

4 West African security ministers have ‘pledged to improve cooperation in fighting terrorism’ across the region. Ministers from Mali, Burkina Faso, Senegal, and Côte d’Ivoire agreed Thursday to improve how they share intelligence, coordinate national security services, and improve border controls (VOA).

ICYMI People in Senegal voted in favor of constitutional changes in a national referendum put forward by President Macky Sall, including reducing the number of years a president serves. Sall says the reforms will, ‘further bolster Senegal’s already stable democracy’ (Reuters Africa). Earlier this month, Mel Bailey (@MelB4FreePress) was in Dakar among demonstrators to understand how Senegal plans to move forward following this week’s vote.

XLR8 Africa

Co-founder Albert Opoku of Hapaweb Solutions has launched hapaSpace in ‘the heart of Kumasi’s business centre’ to accelerate the tech ecosystem in Ghana’s second city (Disrupt Africa).

Biz Dev

Andrew Mizner (@amizner) at the UK’s Global Legal Group looks beyond the headlines about China to learn what’s behind Japan’s growing African investment and the billions of dollars in funding from Japanese companies flowing into businesses on the continent (African Law & Business).

Identity & Culture

Dynamic Africa (@DynamicAfrica) caught up with Ghanaian house DJ and sound artist Steloo (@steloolive) after his most recent visit to Cote d’Ivoire where he played a live electronic set at Abidjan’s Bushman Cafe in celebration of Electropique – check out some of his thoughts and pictures and listen to his latest mixes on Soundcloud (Dynamic Africa).

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